In bringing back/by good produce and ingenious farming methods, a rooftop urban farm is all set to grace the city of Paris. Designed as a 150,000-square-foot sprawling green space, the farm will sit atop the Exhibition Center at Porte de Versailles and will aim to function as model for sustainable development in the city. It is touted as the world’s largest rooftop urban farm and is truly a hub of green wonders in the making!
Managed by a team of 20 gardeners, the organic land will grow 30 different plant species and is expected to produce about 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of fruit and vegetables every day in high season. The farm will equip a specialized aeroponic “vertical farming” technique which ensures sustainability and requires the use of zero pesticides and very little water. In addition to the farming activities, the hub will also host a variety of educational workshops, farming classes and special events for the city.
Commenting on the project, Pascal Hardy, founder of Agripolis – the urban farming company behind the project said, “Our vision is a city in which flat roofs and abandoned surfaces are covered with these new growing systems. Each will contribute directly to feeding urban residents who today represent the bulk of the world’s population”. He further added, “By installing working farms on the sites we operate, we are helping to foster environmental and economic resilience.” The rooftop farm will open in Paris by next year.